Overview of Unit 2 and Lesson 2
Work that aligns with your values also drives satisfaction. Consider:
- Is it important that you believe in the mission of an organization?
- How important is work-life balance?
- Where do you want to live?
- Do you want flexible work hours?
- How long of a distance are you willing to commute?
Job satisfaction and success is closely linked to being interested in what you do. With an eye on future fulfillment, consider accomplishments, tasks or projects at which you excelled and which created a sense of pride and satisfaction.
- What have you received praise or recognition for in the past?
- Do you enjoy activities that relate to people, things or data?
- What do you find most fulfilling and enjoyable?
Personality traits play a major role in job satisfaction and success, and being the right “fit” involves numerous factors. Personality inventories and assessments offer insight into how your personality compares to others and how you prefer to work.
- Do you prefer to lead or follow?
- Do you prefer to work as part of a team or alone?
- Do you prefer a regular routine or an ever-changing schedule?
Review your accomplishments to uncover skills critical to your success. Then think about how they connect to a potential career. This will help you understand what to market in your search.
- What are your key abilities, talents and strengths?
- What are the technical skills invaluable in your target fields?
- Do you prefer to communicate in writing or verbally?
- Do you enjoy analyzing complex issues, problems or data?
- Do you enjoy creative activities and artistic endeavors?
Overview of IP Advising and Career Resources on Campus
Outline and Rules for Discussions and Postings
In choosing a career path, it is important to assess your strengths, interests, and personality. What are you talented at? What do you find yourself doing? Which environments do you like to work in? Are you people oriented or task oriented? One of the most important aspects of this exercise to consider your strengths.
Why focus on strengths? This approach comes from the strengths quest and research on…Often, our society is framed around improving our weakness, but this is not our strongest point. We may get more bang for our buck improving the areas where we are already strong. For example, say you can play violin a little, but you play soccer very well. Do you work to improve that violin playing or do you spend more time devoted to your area of strength. Sometimes these areas can get confusing because of the value judgments placed on certain areas of study and certain career paths. We may choose to focus on what’s value or what has social capital and sometimes at the detriment of our passions, interests, and personal fulfillment. While understanding value, and how to market and position you competitively in the career world is important, we do not have to get trapped by a focus on what’s popular or deemed valuable. We’ll talk more about this later (preside and privilege).
Most of our strengths may have been influence by passion. We tend to spend time on the things that matter most. Things that we care about. Sometimes it was luck of happen stance in the right place at the right time got an opportunity and got a change to build on a certain skill set. Our networks, who we are connected to. Our personality, our inner talent, and sometimes hard work- maybe we were not strong at a certain area, but we spent discipline and hard work to improve and as a result the foundation we established made that area our strong point. All of these factors are important when exploring your strengths.
Follow the exercise in the unit below to explore your strengths and talents.